8$: ’99 Histories’ from Artists at Play

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WHO: Artists at Play.
“Artists at Play is a theatre-producing collective of Asian American creative professionals in the Los Angeles area.”

WHAT: Indiegogo project: L.A. premiere of 99 Histories by playwright Julia Cho

This year we proudly present 99 Histories, a story about the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters. Written back in 2002, the first major play from acclaimed playwright Julia Cho revolves around Eunice, a Korean American former cello prodigy, who comes home pregnant and unmarried, and tries to mend her relationship with her mother. Haunted by violent memories, Eunice must confront her ghosts before she can move forward. In this riveting and poignant drama of memory, legacy and home, what is remembered might be made up, and the only homelands that seem to exist are imaginary.

WHEN: Deadline to contribute is TODAY, Friday, July 25, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

About the Indiegogo:

99 Histories will have a 3-week run at The Lounge Theater in September 2014. Our fundraising goal is $7,000, which will cover venue rental and rehearsal fees as well as stipends for artistic and technical personnel.

L.A. theatre colleagues have set forth a challenge to producers across the city to increase actors’ wages. Actors’ Equity, the union representing theatre actors, currently requires most companies to pay a minimum of $7 to $25 per performance. Yes, you read that right. This year, Artists at Play hopes to increase the stipends that we pay our actors as a show of appreciation for the work they do and to better value all that they give us onstage.

Artists at Play envisions a Los Angeles community where Asian Americans are recognized as both theatre-makers and theatre-goers. Our productions represent a new generation of voices in American theatre that transcend the label of “Asian American” or “minority.” Your support for 99 Histories and Artists at Play will help promote more diversity and inclusion of Asian American artists and stories in the local theatre landscape.

With our new show, we are proud to further contribute to the Los Angeles theatre community as we strive to create entertaining and challenging work that is accessible to anyone and everyone. Please note that through the fiscal sponsorship provided by Fractured Atlas, donations are tax-deductible.

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